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Calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities 

Economic Development Administration (EDA) FY14 Regional Innovation Grants – $15 million. Applications due November 3, 2014. Develop regional innovation strategies, including commercializing and creating sustainable financing institutions for innovation-based startups. More information: To apply .

USDA FY14 Rural Community Development Initiative – $6 million. Applications due November 12, 2014. Develop capacity and ability of qualified organizations to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. Applications that consider technical assistance for the development of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements can receive additional consideration. More information: To apply .

Applications Due November 3 for Dept. of Transportation Grants for Transit Planning   Almost $20 million of Federal funding is expected to be available to local communities for projects that integrate land use and transportation planning (improve economic development and ridership, foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility, improve access for pedestrians and bicycles, enable mixed-use development near transit, etc.)  Applicants must be existing recipients of Federal Transit Administration grants.  Learn more

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Funds for Ports Projects Approximately $5 million of Federal funding is available for projects to reduce emissions from drayage trucks, marine engines, locomotives, and cargo handling equipment used in port operations. Applications due Dec 11, 2014. Informational webinars 2 p.m. Oct 7 and Oct 16. Learn more

EPA 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Approximately $3 million of Federal funding is available for public and private school bus replacements. Application period open until November 17. More information: www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus14.htm or send questions to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov.

NetZero U.S. Army Sustainability Initiative  Army installations in/around your Advance area may be doing things that are worth noting in your next path forward update. 
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The Advance Program is a collaborative effort between EPA, states, tribes, and local governments.  The program encourages expeditious emission reductions in ozone and fine particle (PM2.5) attainment areas to help these areas continue to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The steps taken by program participants could:

  1. Help attainment areas reduce emissions in order to ensure continued health protection,
  2. Better position areas to remain in attainment, and
  3. Efficiently direct available resources toward actions to address ozone and fine particle problems quickly.

Basic Information - More information about the Advance Program

Eligibility - Who is eligible to participate

Participation - How to participate

Participants - Areas that have agreed to take proactive steps towards improving air quality

Measures and Programs - Actions participants can take

Resources - Useful information for participants

Frequent Questions - Frequently asked questions about the Advance Program

Map showing areas participating in Ozone and PM Advance

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